This day in history

Today is Sunday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2017. There are 56 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Singer Art Garfunkel is 76. Singer Peter Noone is 70. TV personality Kris Jenner is 62. Singer Bryan Adams is 58. Actress Tilda Swinton is 57. Actor Michael Gaston is 55. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 54. Actress Andrea McArdle is 54. Rock musician Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) is 46. Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 43. Actor Sebastian Arcelus is 41. Actor Sam Page is 41. Rock musician Kevin Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 30. Actor Landon Gimenez is 14.

In 1605, the ‘‘Gunpowder Plot’’ failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.


In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by attempting to cast a vote for President Ulysses S. Grant. (Anthony was convicted by a judge and fined $100, but she never paid the penalty.)

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In 1912, Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt, incumbent Republican William Howard Taft, and Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

In 1916, a dockside confrontation in Everett, Wash., between members of the Industrial Workers of the World and citizen-deputies erupted into gunfire that left at least five ‘‘Wobblies’’ and two deputies dead.

In 1935, Parker Brothers debuted the game ‘‘Monopoly.’’

In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.


In 1956, Britain and France started landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal. (A cease-fire was declared two days later.)

In 1968, Republican Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Democratic Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent candidate George C. Wallace.

In 1974, Democrat Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband.

In 2007, Hollywood writers began a three-month strike, forcing late-night talk shows to start airing reruns.